Steve Bruce refuses to point finger at players in Newcastle United hammering – the story of the day from the Etihad

The fixtures keep on coming thick and fast for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United – who head to Manchester City this evening.

While the pair met last month in the FA Cup, Bruce will be hoping his side can spring a shock and deliver a far more positive result this time around.

And we’ll be bringing you all the build-up, action, analysis and reaction from the Etihad Stadium throughout the evening. Simply scroll down for the latest from our team of writers:

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Newcastle United head to Manchester City this evening

Manchester City v Newcastle United LIVE: Early team news ahead of Etihad Stadium clash

Key Events

Manchester City 5 (Jesus 10, Mahrez 21, Fernandez OG 60, Silva 65, Sterling 90) Newcastle United 0

  • NUFC XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Krafth (Atsu 84), Fernandez, Schar, Rose; Shelvey (M. Longstaff 65), Bentaleb; Lazaro (Manquillo 65), Ritchie (Muto 84); Joelinton (Gayle 65).
  • MCFC XI: Ederson; Cancelo (Walker 46), Stones, Otamendi, Zinchecko; Rodri (Gundogan 46), De Bruyne, Silva; Mahrez (Doyle 74), Foden (Bernardo 63), Jesus (Sterling 63).
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Newcastle team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Krafth, Fernandez, Rose, Schar, Shelvey, Bentaleb, Lazaro, Ritchie, Joelinton

BENCH:  Darlow, Gayle, Muto, Manquillo, Almiron, Atsu, M Longstaff, Allan, Young.

No ASM for NUFC tonight!

FAN VIEW: Graeme Bell happy to see Valentino Lazaro start!

“Nice to see Lazaro starting, chance to really impress at the Etihad. We’ll see if we have a plan B without ASM, but lately we’ve not looked like we’ve had one. Chance for Schär to redeem himself after his previous performance.”

Miles Starforth explains NUFC set to go three at the back!

“Looks like a change in formation tonight with Emil Krafth playing as one of three centre-halves.”

FAN VIEW: The Geordie Dentist is not a fan of United’s starting XI

“Back five and half the outfield have played full back this season. Has Steve Bruce just put the names in a hat?”

The latest odds for tonight’s match - with Paddy Power

Home win - 1/12

Draw - 9/1

Away win 22/1 (?!?!)

Fancy a punt? Newcastle United are a whopping 22/1 with Paddy Power this evening. Canny bit pocket money that!

Steve Bruce wants Newcastle to keep up their unbeaten restart!

“When you come here you know you'll be in for a tough game and we would love to be full strength. It's caught up with us a little bit, this one, in terms of injuries and who we leave behind. You've got to stand up and have a crack and let's hope we do that. We couldn't be more pleased with the restart really. Let's hope we're still unbeaten after this one!”

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